OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Kaylee and Mike Gillespie welcomed their baby boy at Methodist Women's Hospital in December. The scheduled c-section seemed to go perfectly. Baby Shay was healthy, but moments later things changed for Kaylee.
"When they had brought him over, I could see she was glossy and at that very moment, the anesthesiologist looked up and said, 'we have a huge problem,'" Mike recalls the moment before he was ushered out of the room.
Registered Nurse Amy Sakis was there, "then she started seizing, I called rapid response and shortly following that, she coded."
Mike remembers a range of thoughts running through his head. He wasn't sure if his wife was going to survive.
They raced Kaylee to Methodist's main campus in Omaha. Sakis went with her and stayed by her side.
Meantime, Registered Nurse Mindy Warns made sure Shay and Mike had what they needed.
The medical was on a mission to save Kaylee. They knew how high the stakes were for this family, "those kids and Mike needed their mom, that's all I could think of, Kaylee needs to be home with her kids," Warns said
"They cared more than their job I'd say, they take their job, not just seriously but they're here for a reason. It takes special people to do that," Kaylee said about the healthcare providers who took care of her.
Dr. Jodi Hedrick believes Kaylee had a very rare condition called an ambiotic fluid embolism, but the diagnosis is not definitive.
"To say this isn't traumatic to those who provide care and there isn't some trauma to us, would be denying something. I'm not a superhero, I'm just a doc doing her thing everyday to the best of her ability. I've always tried to do my job 110 percent, and I haven't met a physician who doesn't do the same."
The interviews and video for this story were gathered before the pandemic. Methodist has changed visitor policies in its facilities because of COVID-19.